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Hi there,
In my mid-year review, I noted the second half of the year feels outside my control. It's already spinning faster than expected as I've missed the last two newsletters. With that unlikely to change in the foreseeable future, I'm not sure what this means for this newsletter, but I'm thankful to have you along.

In the battle against change and time, I attempted a Home to Ocean (H2O) Run for the Memory from this weekend:

Someone recently looked at my blog and commented with pleasant surprise that I was an ultrarunner. The conversation was brief, but internally, it triggered some doubts.

Was I still an ultrarunner? Or a pretender? 

An ultrarunner is someone who’s completed a run longer than a marathon (26.2 miles). I survived a marathon last fall, but my last ultramarathon finish was April 2018. Before the Appalachian Trail. Before knee surgery. Often, even when I’m running, I question whether I even have it any more.

Joining the Army out of high school, I’d never run more than a mile. I didn’t discover the joy in running until I left active duty. Training on my own, I found my sweet spot. I served a year in Afghanistan as a Reservist and running became my refuge. While deployed, I followed the last annual Vol-State race, a 314-mile race across Tennessee. If I could do that, what couldn’t I do?

Four months after returning from Afghanistan, my brother and I ran our first marathon. Three months later, I became an ultramarathoner. For the last decade, running was part of my core identity. Relentless forward progress became a life mantra.

Am I still this person? Or am I living in the shadow of the past?

This has been a year of transitions. I’ve continued growing into my job. I’ve held a myriad of Army roles. I married the love of my life. 

We’re weeks away from selling my house in the neighborhood where I spent the last decade. I dreamed of running from my front door to the ocean. I’d carefully watched the mileage in the car while driving out there. Roughly 32 miles. A perfect 50k. This felt like one of those now-or-never moments.

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GRVAT Update

I'm running virtually across Tennessee in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000k (GRVAT). 634 miles (5 miles/day) between May 1 until August 31st.

It's getting ugly. I might need a few more long weekends...

For July, I've got a total of 111.2 miles, including the 35 from this past weekend.

Week of 7/5: 17.4 
Week of 7/12: 17.8
Week of 7/19: 47.6

Cumulative Miles: 415.1 miles
Beat the Buzzard: -39.1 miles
Quote of the Week

"Let me define discipline: it’s backing up your ambitions with your actions." 

- Gary Vaynerchuk, Crushing It!
Until next week, stay safe, sane, and intentional.

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